The things we do for photography.
I first heard of this little gem through a blogger i was following and upon discovering that it faces the Wat Arun temple, the boyf was immediately sold. I’m not normally an accommodation reviewer but everything about this place was so on point that i just had to share my experience!
We caught the MRT to Hua Lamphong (end of the line) and then used a tuk-tuk which took around 15mins (it’s located right beside Wat Pho, near the river if you’re struggling with explaining directions). We were greeted by the most friendly staff who are pretty well versed in English and after handling our check-in procedures, showed us to our room. Mind you, this is a boutique hotel and there are only 5 floors with no elevators so big trolley bags would be a problem. I think the staff generally carries your bags to your room but since we were only there for one night, we only had a carry-on with us so we didn’t trouble them and carried it up ourselves.
We were a little late with our dinner reservation but they gave us one of the best seats overlooking a lit Wat Arun. I especially loved my soft shell crab salad (anything soft shell crab is a win win for me!) and braised lamb shank massaman curry but the boyf wasn’t too keen on his steak. We were too stuffed from dinner so we decided to skip dessert and went back to our room for night shots of the temple. Unfortunately, mine didn’t turn out as expected so a little sad about that. We didn’t know that the Wat Arun was also under construction so we couldn’t capture as much details as we’d hoped.
The boyf booked us a River View Deluxe room and sleeping on the king-sized bed was like sleeping on a cloud. Too too comfy! We managed to pull ourselves out of bed and headed downstairs for their breakfast, which was just heaven on a plate. I don’t normally do hotel breakfasts since local eateries are always the best but this has got to be one of the best hotel meals i’ve had in a really long time, especially with that pow-wow of a view!
It was pretty hot that day so instead of exploring the temples around the hotel (Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace are all within walking distance), we had a drama marathon in that fluffball of a bed right until check-out time. Don’t get me wrong, i love playing tourist but the temples require a dress code and in that heat, i couldn’t justify myself being all covered up. I’ll definitely come again when the temperature drops. After all, i’m far from being done with Bangkok.
Oh and if you’re wondering why we were only there for a night, its actually just cause we wanted to have all the time in the world and an uncommon vantage point to photograph the Wat Arun. I’m so thankful the boyf and i are so alike!
Thanks for dinner and for the stay, love!
Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok
39 Maharat Road
Rattanakosin Island, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Check-in: 4pm; check-out: 12pm
Photographer – B and myself.